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Q & A with Yuval "UV" Golibroda

How old were you when you first started playing?

At one year old my dad sat me at the piano to “play” and I even have the picture to prove it! Seriously though, I started piano lessons at age five. I began studying voice at age 12.

Where did you go to music school? What did you study there?

I earned my Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music with a major in Film Scoring and a minor in Performance. I’ve studied both Piano and Voice extensively through dozens of courses with Berklee’s phenomenal staff. Some of the classes I’ve taken include Traditional and Contemporary Composition and Arranging, Conducting, Orchestral Scoring, Jazz Studies, Harmony, Counterpoint, Ear Training (Harmonic & Rhythmic), Transcription, Music History, Music Analysis, Principles and Techniques for the Voice and much, much more.

What are your favorite kinds of music to play and why?

I love honest music! I prefer to play songs written from the heart that have a good melody and groove. I like to play many different popular musical styles out there today.

What are some of the musical styles you teach?

I teach all popular styles of music (jazz, rock, pop, funk, rhythm & blues, blues, reggae, gospel, musicals, Latin, country, fusion and more). I also have a background in classical music so I can teach that as well.

Where are some of the places you’ve performed?

I perform weekly at clubs, weddings, corporate parties and private functions. I’m the founder, lead singer and piano player for "Nightlife," an eight piece band including horns, male and female vocalists. I also play as a soloist and with a jazz trio. I’ve toured in Israel, Germany, the Czech Republic, England, France, Canada, and the United States. I also play benefit concerts for a wide range of causes including for children with cancer and autism.

Who are some of your favorite bands and musicians?

There are too many to mention, but to name just a few: Elton John, Steve Wonder, Yellow Jackets, Steely Dan, Take 6, Oscar Peterson, Michele Camilo, Whitney Huston…

What are your other musical pursuits and accomplishments?

I’m a singer, songwriter, recording artist, film composer, performer and an educator. I record songs that I compose and other people’s compositions as well. I hope to have my songs on TV and radio around the world. I’ve also written music for short films. I just finished composing music for an educational medical animation film that will be distributed internationally.

What are some of your artistic goals?

To express myself honestly in every musical path I take; to leave behind a musical library on my compositions; to sing and play in every major city in the world.

Tell us about your sound clips:

1) “You Are So Beautiful” by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher was recorded live in the studio in 2004. That’s me singing and playing. I also sang this one for my wife Elyse at our wedding.
2) “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis was also recorded in 2004 at Berklee as an educational project for studio recording engineers. Again, I’m singing and playing on this track.

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